Canwest Announces Global Television, E! Primetime Schedules For 2008-2009 Season



    
               Canada's Most Innovative Broadcast Team Presents
               The Hottest Lineup of New and Returning Series
                                   - PLUS -

                     Broadband Offerings Secured Across
                   New Acquisitions and Returning Hits At
                     www.globaltv.com and www.eonline.com

           ATTN. EDITORS: PHOTOS, SYNOPSES, SCHEDULE GRIDS visit:
                           www.canwesttvmedia.com
                     User ID: canwest / Password: press
    

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Kathy Dore, President, Canwest Broadcasting,
along with Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, announced
today the highly-anticipated 2008-2009 Primetime Schedules for the Global
Television and E! networks. Direct from Toronto's historic Elgin Theatre, over
1500 advertisers, industry and press gathered earlier this morning to
celebrate Canada's most talked-about fall lineups.
    "We're committed to providing the best in television entertainment, and
this year proves no exception. With the amazing array of new and returning
primetime offerings scheduled across Global and E!, we'll engage viewers and
advertisers with top notch programming while leveraging opportunities across
multimedia platforms," said Dore. "Our team has delivered yet again and we
look forward to presenting a strong launch and enduring new season."
    The 13 NEW series added to the Global and E! lineups feature fall's most
buzz-worthy candidates, rich with high-calibre talent on both sides of the
camera. These series complement a host of returning fan favourites including
HEROES, THE OFFICE, THE BIGGEST LOSER, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, SURVIVOR as well
as the top rated hit, HOUSE.
    Adding to the excitement is the acquisition of broadband rights across a
variety of programming inclusive of new fare such as 90210, KNIGHT RIDER and
MY OWN WORST ENEMY, and returning hit series HEROES, HOUSE and THE OFFICE.
    "This is our breakthrough year for digital media," said Williams.
"Canwest was the first to stream US primetime programming online in Canada and
continues to pioneer this area with the support of our valued partners at NBC,
CBS and Sony. With 17 titles cleared for online, the volume of programming we
are offering our viewers is creative, robust and certainly not the end of a
trend."

    Global Schedule:
    ----------------
    New series on Global include the fresh, new spin on television's
favourite zip code, 90210, starring Canadian Shenae Grimes (Degrassi: The Next
Generation) and Rob Estes (Melrose Place); the spy thriller MY OWN WORST ENEMY
starring Christian Slater (Bobby, Pump Up the Volume) and Saffron Burrows
(Boston Legal); a remake of the award-winning BBC series LIFE ON MARS with
Jason O'Mara (The Agency); and the futuristic action drama DOLLHOUSE headlined
by Eliza Dushku (Tru Calling). A romantic mission ensues on THE EX-LIST
starring Elizabeth Reaser (Grey's Anatomy); and hilarious new sitcom KATH &
KIM with Selma Blair (Hellboy) playing alongside Saturday Night alumna Molly
Shannon. For its daytime viewers, THE DOCTORS features a dream team of five
practicing medical professionals and is hosted by ER Doctor (and former star
of The Bachelor) Travis Stork.
    Key returning 2008 Canadian highlights include the No.1 new drama series(*)
THE GUARD; and No.1 new Canadian comedy series 'DA KINK IN MY HAIR.(*)
    Global's fall schedule also boasts the 8th season of the award-winning
national newscast, GLOBAL NATIONAL, with Anchor Kevin Newman; and
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA (No.1 Canadian Entertainment News Program(*)) heads
into another season, celebrating its 4th year of leading coverage on
entertainment news with Cheryl Hickey, Rick Campanelli and the ET Canada
Senior Reporting team.

    E! Schedule:
    ------------
    The new fall slate includes the return of the iconic 198Os television
classic KNIGHT RIDER with rising star Justin Bruening as Mike Tracer and
Hollywood elite Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT; the hot new comedy set
against a chic workplace setting DO NOT DISTURB starring Jerry O'Connell
(Crossing Jordan) with special guest star Robert Wagner (Two and a Half Men);
and one man's desperate bid to win over his new, unsuspecting in-laws in WORST
WEEK starring Kyle Bornheimer (Jericho) and Erinn Hayes (Kitchen
Confidential).
    Returning series include SNOOP DOGG'S FATHER HOOD, KIMORA: LIFE IN THE
FAB LANE, DR. 90210 and SUNSET TAN, while E! NEWS WEEKEND with Arisa Cox and
Jason Ruta charges full steam ahead to its sophomore year with even more glam
and fun for the savvy viewers.
    Global will have online broadband streaming of all of its new
acquisitions available at www.globaltv.com

    
    (*) BBM-NMR National Meter Data, Adults 18-49 (Sept 10/07-May 25/08)

    GLOBAL PRIMETIME 2008 - DAY-AT-A-GLANCE
    ---------------------------------------
    (All times EST. SUBJECT TO CHANGE. New programs in CAPS.)
    ---------------------------------------------------------

    Monday
    7pm       Entertainment Tonight Canada
    7:30pm    Entertainment Tonight
    8pm       Prison Break (Season 4)
    9pm       Heroes (Season 3)
    10pm      MY OWN WORST ENEMY (1 hour; drama)

    Tuesday
    7pm       Entertainment Tonight Canada
    7:30pm    Entertainment Tonight
    8pm       House (Season 5)
    9pm       90210 (1 hour; drama)
    10pm      Kitchen Nightmares (Season 2)

    Wednesday
    7pm       Entertainment Tonight Canada
    7:30pm    Entertainment Tonight
    8pm       Bones (Season 4)
    9pm       NCIS (Season 6)
    10pm      The Guard (Season 2)

    Thursday
    7pm       Entertainment Tonight Canada
    7:30pm    Entertainment Tonight
    8pm       Survivor: Gabon
    9pm       The Office (Season 5)
    9:30pm    KATH AND KIM (30 minutes; comedy)
    10pm      LIFE ON MARS (1 hour; drama)

    Friday
    7pm       Entertainment Tonight Canada
    7:30pm    Entertainment Tonight
    8pm       Life (Season 2)
    9pm       THE EX-LIST (1 hour; comedy)
    10pm      Numb3rs (Season 5)

    Saturday
    7pm       Global Currents (Season 3)
    8pm       Risk Takers
    9pm       Mutant X
    10pm      Renagadepress.com
    10:30pm   Renagadepress.com

    Sunday
    8pm       The Simpsons (Season 20)
    8:30pm    King of the Hill (Season 13)
    9pm       Family Guy (Season 9)
    9:30pm    American Dad (Season 5)
    10pm      Brothers & Sisters (Season 3)

    MID-SEASON: ACQUISITIONS
    ------------------------
    THE OFFICE SPINOFF (30 minutes; comedy)
    DOLLHOUSE (1 hour; drama)
    HARPER'S ISLAND (1 hour; drama)
    SIT DOWN, SHUT UP (30 minutes; comedy)

    MID-SEASON: ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
    --------------------------------
    THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF BOB AND DOUG MACKENZIE (30 minutes; animated)
    COLD BLOOD (10 x 1 hour; documentary)
    HOWIE DO IT (30 minutes; comedy)
    XIII (2 x 2 hour; drama)
    THE LAST TEMPLAR (2 x 2 hour; drama)
    PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA Season 2 (1 hour; reality)

    E! PRIMETIME 2008 -DAY-AT-A-GLANCE
    ----------------------------------
    (All times EST. SUBJECT TO CHANGE. New programs in CAPS.)
    ---------------------------------------------------------

    Monday
    7pm       The Insider
    7:30pm    E! News
    8pm       'Til Death (Season 3)
    8:30pm    How I Met Your Mother (Season 4)
    9pm       DO NOT DISTURB (30 minutes; comedy)
    9:30pm    WORST WEEK (30 minutes; comedy)
    10pm      Boston Legal (Season 5)

    Tuesday
    7pm       The Insider
    7:30pm    E! News
    8pm       The Biggest Loser: Families (Season 6) (*)2 HOURS(*)
    10pm      The Best Years (Season 2)

    Wednesday
    7pm       The Insider
    7:30pm    E! News
    8pm       KNIGHT RIDER (1 hour; drama)
    9pm       Deal or No Deal (Season 4)
    10pm      True Hollywood Story/THS CANADA

    Thursday
    7pm       The Insider
    7:30pm    E! News
    8pm       My Name Is Earl (Season 4)
    8:30pm    My Name Is Earl
    9pm       E! Movies

    Friday
    7pm       The Insider
    7:30pm    E! News Weekend
    8pm       Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Season 3)
    9pm       Deal or No Deal (Season 4)
    10pm      20/20 (Season 30)

    Saturday
    7pm       E! News Weekend
    7:30pm    The Soup
    8pm       Snoop Dogg's Father Hood
    8:30pm    Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
    9pm       Dr. 90210
    10pm      Forbes Celebrity

    Sunday
    7pm       INSTANT BEAUTY PAGEANT (1 hour; reality)
    8pm       Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Season 6)
    9pm       E! Specials
    10pm      E! Showcase

    MID-SEASON ACQUISITION:
    -----------------------
    SECRET MILLIONAIRE (1 hour; reality)

    MID-SEASON ORIGINAL SERIES:
    ---------------------------
    PRODUCING PARKER (animation)
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Caroline Lennox, Director of
Publicity, Global & E!, Office: (416) 934-7843, Cell: (416) 721-5571,
clennox@canwest.com; Grace Park, Publicity Manager, Global, Office: (416)
967-2484, Cell: (416) 543-5869, gpark@globaltv.com

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